Hey y'all lovely BooksieSilkers,
Here's a set of questions for whomsoever has thought about it, or anybody who has an opinion on it, really. What's the deal with getting good covers for your books? I am finding that making a half decent cover for anything I want to sell takes up all morning, sometimes all day, and I suspect my efforts aren't as professional as I wish they were. Here's examples of my covers, for those wondering (FYI under my female nom de plume):
There's a lot of splendid covers I see on Amazon, Lulu and other platforms, and I recognize that I am perhaps not meeting the standard just yet. Or maybe in some cases I am; not sure. Whatever the case, what are your thoughts on these covers, and on professional standards for cover design?
What do you do when you want to sell a book, in terms of cover design? Do you hire a cover artist? Do you use stock photos that are free? Do you use stock photos that are paid? Do you take your own photos and use them? Do you ignore copyright laws and set yourself up for trouble later (please don't do this!)?
Any ideas, comments, even questions would be illuminating.
Best wishes and a thanks in advance to all!